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Genji

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Ogata Gekko, Japanese, (1859–1920)
Tale of Genji: Ch. 05, Wakamurasaki, 1892
Ink on Paper
32.56 cm x 22 cm (12 13/16 in. x 8 11/16 in.)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.39


Marks
There is a text block in the upper left, with a signatuure block next to it. There is a seal in red ink in the lower left. There is text in red ink along the lower left border.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper. Oban tate-e.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock print depicting a scene from the "Tales of Genji." Genji first saw the woman who would become his wife when she was a child, standing with her nursemaid on the verandah of a country retreat. The young Murasaki's pet sparrows had just escaped, and the ten year old girl was quite angry over the loss. Genji spied Murasaki from beyond a brushwood fence that enclosed the house and was immediately enchanted by her beauty and vivacity. He later abducted her and secretly raised her to be his ideal wife.

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